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Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority announces drive-in movie events

Posted at 6:25 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 14:48:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority is looking for new ways to keep the community safely engaged through COVID-19.

One of those ways is with a drive-in movie.

Voting starts Monday for one of several movie options to play on TDIA's drive-in movie showing at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

The idea offers a solution to the limited number of City activities available due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Last year, roughly 65,000 people attended TDIA events. It's a number that city officials don't expect to reach this year, but the drive-in movie will bring them closer.

As many as 500 families could park in a car and enjoy a film broadcast on a 40-foot screen, similar to the way Leon County Schools held commencement ceremonies last spring.

TDIA's Elizabeth Emmanuel says the civic center's experience with a similar event helps ensure public safety.

"We've gone through several plans of ensuring people stay in their cars and really limiting a lot of the opportunity for any person-to-person contact so their mindfulness gives great relief to me in terms of being able to keep the community safe," said Emmanuel.

The first show date will be on October 16, and the city hopes to continue them through the end of the year.

Beginning Monday, you can vote on classics like The Goonies, The Gremlins, or Creatures from the Black Lagoon, which we hear has a great local tie.